Inspiring Change Primary Support Service
Schools are facing increasing challenges alongside additional pressures as a result of the global pandemic. No population or community has remained untouched, with the impact on children and young people’s education and mental health still emerging. Children are facing potentially more challenges than they have ever before. Vulnerable children are the most likely to face disruption to their education, such as those with special educational needs, social service interaction, living with trauma and those living in increasing child poverty. We want to be able to support schools, children and their families to overcome some of the barriers and challenges that they may face, re-ignite a love of learning, where it is hidden or lost and for children to make progress and thrive.
The Beeches Primary Alternative Provision has been approved and we are very nearly at the construction stage, it is fair to say that we have experienced challenges during the process so far and I am certain there will be more to overcome. In the meantime, we have worked closely with Primary Headteachers and been supported by the Local Authority to devise a primary support service, which can bridge the much-needed gap of support between now and the opening of the Beeches. The Local Authority have committed to supporting the base funding for all places at the provision with schools using the service being responsible for paying a small top-up fee.
I am pleased to introduce this service to you. The main aim of the Inspiring Change Primary Support Service is to support pupils to successfully access learning in a mainstream setting with their peers. This support could either be outreach support for the pupil, the school or the family or a short period of time at the Inspiring change primary support provision.
For pupils who need support outside of their home school, they will attend the IC Primary support service, situated at the learning centre, adjacent to Mierscourt Primary School. The premises have been adapted to ensure a safe and purposeful learning environment, the building, garden and surrounding areas are completely separate and self-contained.
We will aim to:
- To improve their educational attainment within a safe, caring and healthy environment.
- To acquire the skills, self-esteem and experience that they will need for their own future development.
- To be empowered to gain an understanding of who they are, how to regulate their emotions and seek support appropriately when needed.
- To meet three agreed targets in order to return to their mainstream school.
- To be prepared for the wider outside world, so that they can relate confidently to others and have the necessary skills and resilience to succeed, playing a positive role in their school and local communities.
To access support from this service, schools will need to take the case to SSG in the first instance. The panel of professionals will decide whether further support from ICPSS is appropriate and a referral will then follow.
We are confident that working together in partnership with Medway schools, we can provide a service that will provide intensive support enabling children to access education, regulate their emotions and make progress academically and personally, whilst at the same time supporting teachers and school staff. We are confident that we can work together to offer support for all.